Florence and the Machine (finally) storms onto scene

Perhaps there is justice in the fickle rock world after all. Judging by her stellar performance on this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” it’s taken U.K. diva Florence Welch a full year to finally crack the U.S. market with “Lungs,” her truly unique debut as Florence and the Machine.

If you saw the Anne-Hathaway-hosted show — one of this season’s funniest, actually — you saw the flame-haired singer tear it up with a stomping version of “Dog Days Are Over,” recently featured in the “Eat Pray Love” soundtrack.

“Lungs” was easily the most arresting record of 2009, albeit one that didn’t immediately catch on in America.

And Welch — who hails from a highly intellectual family — is already hard at work on the followup, which she swears will be “more meataphysical, because I want to think about things and themes that are going to be relevant forever. And you write about things you don’t understand. So every time I write a song, I think I’ve figured out how I feel about something, or figured out a piece of the world, a tiny fraction of it.”

So if you haven’t caught the “Lungs” buzz yet, hey, better late than never.

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